Just because you aren't heading to Churchill Downs, doesn't mean you can't drink like you are! This weekend, don your floppiest hat and mix up the quintessential Derby cocktail from the comfort of your couch.

It starts with a mint simple syrup—a simple combination of equal parts sugar and water boiled with fresh mint leaves (for the best flavor you'll need to get started on this part today if you're planning on imbibing tomorrow). From here, mix the syrup with mint in a chilled cup and pour a healthy serving of bourbon over ice. Beware, these cocktails taste like seconds, thirds... maybe even fourths.